These British rockers enjoyed their first taste of U.S. success in 1985 with “She Sells Sanctuary,” an echo-laden post-punk anthem. But they really hit the mainstream two years later with the hard-rocking swagger on “Love Removal Machine,” which boldly made off with the riff to “Start Me Up” and yet managed to sound more like a tribute to Led Zeppelin than the Rolling Stones. They’re about to release “Choice of Weapon,” their first new album since 2007.
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Following a succession of name and stylistic changes, the Cult emerged in 1984 as one of England's leading heavy metal revivalists. Picking up the pseudo-mysticism and Native American obsessions of the Doors, the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin, and the three-chord crunch of AC/DC, while adding touches of post-punk goth rock, the Cult gained a dedicated following in their native Britain with mid-'80s singles like "She Sells Sanctuary" before breaking into the American metal market in the late '80s with "Love Removal Machine....
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